• Media authenticity and authority in Mauritius: On the mediality of language in religion

    Author(s):
    Patrick Eisenlohr (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Anthropology, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Linguistic anthropology, Religion, Religious studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Mauritius, Media and religion, sound reproduction, language and mediation, indexicality
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6B52Q
    Abstract:
    In this article I suggest that the rapidly growing interest in the intersection of linguistic anthropology and media needs to be accompanied by a deeper investigation of the mediality of language. Discussing Mauritian Muslims’ uses of sound reproduction in religious events revolving around the recitation of devotional poetry, this paper explores how language as a medium converges and interacts with media technologies of other kinds. I suggest that the oscillation between a foregrounding of the medium and its phenomenological withdrawal characterizes the functioning of both linguistic mediation and other media technologies and provides a comparative dimension to examine their interplay.
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    Published
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